This is kind of old news by now, but one of the big sensations of the last week or two has been Damien Hirst's exhibition of his spot paintings. Make that exhibitions. Hirst has simultaneously installed his spot paintings in eleven galleries in eight cities--all branches of the Gagosian Gallery.
If you don't know much about Hirst, do a quick google. You'll see that he is an art world provocateur whose work is often engaged with death. Is it spiritual? Or incredibly crass?
The work is absurdist. Could it be understood as a critique of extremist consumerism and the obscene wealth of many art collectors? Or does it participate uncritically in the decadence of the superrich?
Hirst is a canny marketer of his own work. He forces us to acknowledge how the artist's persona generates buzz and market value...and art historical relevance.
Overwhelmed? Confused? Bored? Angry? Let YouTube artist Hennessy Youngman break it down for you. (Youngman is a topic for another time...).